The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02669
Date: 20 January 1894
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: John Singer Sargent[1]
Place: [Fairford, Gloucestershire]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 1/141
Document Type: ALcS

No my dear Sargent! - you cannot "go in there", as Carlyle[2] is supposed to have said of the South Kensington Museum, and expect "irony" to follow you! - vous en demandez trop[3]! -

Tell me one thing only - did you,

In the face of great temptation,
Chuck up the t'other nation
To become an En - glish - man[4] ! ? -

However you are all right - for you have at last proved that a man is not to be judged by his Associates! -

[butterfly signature]

Come over & see us -

110. Rue du Bac.

Jan. 20. 1894.

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1.  John Singer Sargent
John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), artist [more]. This is a reply to Sargent's letter of 16 January, #05388.

2.  Carlyle
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), historian and philosopher [more].

3.  vous en demandez trop
Fr., you ask too much of it.

4.  En - glish - man
A variation on an aria in Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta HMS Pinafore. Sargent had not given up his American citizenship in order to become an ARA, and he replied to JW accordingly, #05387.